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Carthage Facilities

Everything you see on campus has been built with student success in mind. And, even though we’re nestled in a setting that hasn’t changed much since the last Ice Age, our facilities and resources look sparkling new. That’s because they are. Carthage has invested more than $250 million in recent years in residential, academic, and recreational facilities.

  • Live in modern residence halls with striking views of Lake Michigan.
  • Dine at Baja Fresh, Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, or The Caf.
  • Work out in the mammoth N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.
  • Discover in the sophisticated labs of our new lakefront science center.
  • Study in a new library outfitted with an incredible array of scholarly resources.
  • Unwind in a student union that was designed by students.

Academic Buildings

Science Center at night

Science Center in the David A. Straz Jr. Center

Carthage’s $43 million science center opened in 2015, offering state-of-the-art facilities for study in the natural sciences and providing new ways for students and faculty to collaborate on forefront research. The new building includes interdisciplinary laboratories, spaces dedicated to student research, and an outdoor classroom and patio with amazing lake views. The Science Center is housed in the David A. Straz Jr. Center, which also includes fine arts facilities including the 400-seat Wartburg Theatre, and a studio theatre.
Read more about the new Science Center


The interior of the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business, showing the Atrium, Starbucks and th...

A. W. Clausen Center for World Business

Glass-walled classrooms, gathering space, and a Starbucks. This facility was designed for a special vision of business education, where students acquire an interdisciplinary mindset to succeed in a global economy.
Learn more about the Clausen Center


The interior of Hedberg Library.

Hedberg Library

Dedicated in 2002, Hedberg Library unites print, digital, and multimedia information resources. The growing collection of resources contains 120,000 print volumes and 210,000 e-books. It also offers 90,000 streaming audio albums, 60,000 streaming videos, 160,000 e-journals and 160 databases, as well as a media and technology suite for video and audio production and a 24-hour cyber cafe.
Visit the Library website


The exterior of Lentz Hall on the Carthage campus, showing the south entryway.

Lentz Hall

Many of your classes at Carthage will be in Lentz Hall, one of the original buildings on the Kenosha campus. This is also where you will find the new Nursing Learning Laboratories for the Carthage Nursing Program. Lentz Hall also houses the Office of Admissions, Registrar’s Office, and Office of Student Financial Services.
Read more about Lentz Hall


H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art and Johnson Arts Center

The Johnson Arts Center (everyone just calls it “JAC”) houses our art, graphic design, and music classes. It’s also home to the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art, which displays work by established and emerging artists and gives Carthage students a chance to engage with current regional and national art trends.
Visit the Art Gallery website


Student Life Facilities

Students play foosball in the Campbell Student Union.

Campbell Student Union

A place to meet, eat, shop, and hang out 24/7. Dining options include SubConnection®, World of Wings®, and Baja Fresh®. Completed in 2011, it also houses a theatre, the Carthage Barnes & Noble, and a convenience store.
Read more about the Student Union


Exterior of the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center

N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center

Work out in a student fitness center recognized as one of the finest in the nation. Built in 2001, the “TARC” has a 16-lane swimming pool, indoor rock climbing wall, 200-meter indoor track, racquetball courts, and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.
Read more about the TARC


Exterior of Tarble Arena

Tarble Arena

Tarble Arena hosts Carthage sports events (see below), but it’s also an outstanding venue for concerts and other special events. The arena has played host to artists such as Phillip Phillips, The Fray, The Script, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and Bob Dylan. Completed in 2009, the facility holds 2,500-3,000 for basketball and volleyball games, and other events.
Read more about Tarble Arena


The Red Bridge at the entryway to Carthage's campus, pictured in fall.

Alice Moody Chapin Arboretum

Carthage’s 80-acre campus is an arboretum that sustains a variety of ecosystems. Over the past two decades, the College has planted many plants, trees, and shrubs to maintain its picturesque, park-like atmosphere. The arboretum lets students unwind in a natural setting, but also conduct research for classes and independently.


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The Caf

Our cafeteria isn’t like most college cafeterias. The Caf comes with outdoor seating and spectacular lake views. Remodeled during the summer of 2012, The Caf dishes out more than just tasty cuisine. Numerous charity fundraisers and roundtable discussions are held here.


Sesquicentennial Plaza

Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Everyone who knows Carthage knows “the Lincoln Statue.” Spend some time in our central plaza. On warm days, you’ll find professors leading their classes here.


Residence Halls

The Tower

THE Tower

The Tower Residence Hall, Carthage’s newest residential building, welcomed its first residents in fall 2018. This eight-story building connects Joseph Johnson and Madrigrano Family residence halls and offers stunning views of both Lake Michigan and the Carthage campus. Students can spend time studying or relaxing on the first two floors, which are dedicated common spaces. The top six floors are reserved for housing, with space for up to 126 students.
Read more about “The Tower”


The Oaks Residential Village

The Oaks Residential Village

The Oaks village is a new cluster of six villas on the south side of campus, overlooking Lake Michigan. The Oaks feature private rooms and baths in suite arrangements with common lounge areas for each floor and dedicated study rooms in the basement. Each room has stunning views of Lake Michigan and/or a beautiful wooded area.
Read more and see photos of The Oaks


Denhart Hall

All Residence Halls

Carthage has 11 residence halls including the Oaks Village, and recent renovations have accommodated rising enrollment. Enjoy traditional rooms, suite-style rooms, study-intensive wings, even sand volleyball courts. Residence Halls include Denhart Hall, Johnson Hall, Tarble Hall, and Madrigrano Hall.
Read more about Carthage residence halls


Athletic Facilities

Students use the TARC, the state-of-the-art fitness facility at Carthage College.

N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center

Features include a 16-lane swimming pool, indoor rock-climbing wall, 200-meter indoor track, a racquetball court, and 5,000-square-foot fitness center. Known as “the TARC,” it’s recognized as one of the finest student fitness centers in the nation.
Read more about the TARC


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Art Keller Field

From a state-of-the-art AstroPlay surface to new bleachers and lighting, Art Keller Field has seen many renovations since it was built in 1965. A new press box and all-new seating for 1,432 spectators was added in 2011. Seating for the facility is 2,418 for football, soccer, track and field, and lacrosse events.
Read more about Art Keller Field


Tarble Arena, opened in 2009, is an outstanding venue for sports and special events, offering a D...

Tarble Arena

A dazzling 2009 renovation transformed the former Physical Education Center into an outstanding venue for sports and special events, offering a Division I experience in a Division III setting. The facility includes an athletic training facility, indoor golf practice center, and strength training center.
Read more about Tarble Arena


A look at the pool in the Koenitzer Aquatic Center.

Koenitzer Aquatic Center

The Koenitzer Aquatic Center features a 600,000-gallon swimming pool — more than three times the size of the previous pool. It measures 25 meters by 40 meters, 10 meters shy of an Olympic-size pool. Balcony seating can accommodate 100 spectators. A 15-person whirlpool adds to the aquatic center’s appeal.
Read more about the Koenitzer Aquatic Center


Smeds Tennis Center

Smeds Tennis Center

Opened in 1999, the Smeds Tennis Center includes 10 courts, six of which feature lights and stadium seating. The complex also has locker rooms, restrooms, a team-meeting space and concession area.
Read more about the Smeds Tennis Center


Fine Arts Facilities

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Studios, theatres, labs, and more

Fine arts facilities at Carthage include six naturally lit art studios; a state-of-the-art computer graphics and electronic music laboratory; the magnificent Fritsch Memorial Organ in A. F. Siebert Chapel; a flexible recital hall and art gallery; the Wartburg Theatre and Studio Theatre; and music teaching studios, ensemble rooms, and practice rooms.


Spiritual Life Facilities

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A. F. Siebert Chapel

This striking building has been the chief symbol of religious life at Carthage for 40 years. Located in the center of campus, it is the primary space in which the Carthage community assembles for worship, convocations, and other events. The Fritsch Memorial Casavant pipe organ is one of the finest tracker-action organs in the Midwest.
Read more about Carthage worship spaces


The Joan C. Potente Chapel on the Carthage campus.

Joan C. Potente Chapel

This chapel, nestled among The Oaks Residential Village at the south end of campus, provides an oasis for nurturing the spirit. Six geothermal wells were installed beneath the chapel, providing its temperature control. The only energy used to heat and cool the chapel is the electricity needed to run a pump and fan.


The exterior of the Fritsch Meditation Chapel on the Carthage campus.

Walter Fritsch Meditation Chapel

The 40-seat Fritsch Meditation Chapel, situated in a grove of trees across from Lentz Hall, was constructed of native Lannon stone with timber frames. It is used by individuals and small groups for private meditation, Eucharist and prayer services. The chapel has a Greek cross fashioned by internationally renowned liturgical artist Eugene Potente Jr.


Rent Carthage Facilities

Carthage facilities are available for use by the public. Learn more about our conference services

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • Our athletes rank up some impressive stats. So does our fitness center. The N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (better known as the TARC), is home to a 16-lane swimming pool, 200-meter indoor track, two racquetball courts, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.

    • Carthage fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball, and water polo. Our varsity teams play in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin — regularly taking home hardware from one of the nation’s toughest Division III conferences.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …